Few months ago, we went for a day trip to the Kawaguchiko area, somewhere in Yamanashi Prefecture, to meet the highest mountain of Japan. Kawaguchiko is one of the popular places to explore if you want to see Mt. Fuji without the hassle of climbing up. Unfortunately, we already spent half of the day around the area but Mt. Fuji’s snow cap view is still nowhere to be found. The clouds were everywhere. I was partly disappointed because it’s TJ’s birthday and we didn’t get to see Mt. Fuji. But when we got to see this vast space of spellbinding scenery in Kawaguchiko Natural Living Center, our mood somersaulted to infinite bliss. Let me now take you back to that magical afternoon. Enjoy!
HOW TO GET THERE
🚌 Via Bus from Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal
There are buses that will take you directly from Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal to Kawaguchiko Station.
We bought a roundtrip bus ticket online here. I’ve heard you can buy tickets in the bus station if you don’t want to reserve seats beforehand.
How To Get Around Kawaguchiko
The easiest way to get around Kawaguchiko is via retro buses. There are three lines that can take you around Kawaguchiko and the Fuji Five Lake region. The red line takes you to the sightseeing spots around Lake Kawaguchiko, where you’ll find the Kawaguchiko Natural Living Center. The green line takes you to the sightseeing spots around Lake Saiko. Lastly, the blue line takes you to the sightseeing spots around the other lakes in Fujigoko.
🎟 For tourists, you can buy either of the following in Kawaguchiko Station:
- Sightseeing Bus All Lines (Red Line, Green Line and Blue Line) — ¥1,500 for adults and ¥750 for children.
- Kawaguchiko Sightseeing Bus and Saiko Sightseeing Bus (Red Line and Green Line) — ¥1,300 for adults and ¥650 for children.
Both of these tickets give you unlimited ride for 2 days so I recommend for you to book a hotel/hostel room within the area and spend at least 1 night so you could explore further.
P.S. Leave no trace but memories.